Oprah’s BFF has a new gig. Gayle King is the new face of the “CBS Morning Show” which will replace the “Early Show”
King will co-anchor with news veteran Charlie Rose. King will take the anchor desk at the “CBS Morning Show” with Rose starting at 8am daily.
Rose will start the day along side Erica Hill who seems to be the only survivor of the “Early Show” revamp. The CBS program has consistently been in the third spot behind ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Today” on NBC. However, CBS says their “Early Show” replacement anchors, remodeled set and the loss of Meredith Vieria in addition to the speculation that Matt Lauer will also be leaving “Today” soon will offer a new take on early morning television possibly moving them into contention.
Adding King and Rose to their morning show isn’t the only change at CBS. They also picked up Chris Licht as the Vice-President of Programming, who most recently worked as Executive Producer on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”.
“Right now viewers basically have two choices,” Licht said. “They have the ‘Today’ show and they have the ‘Today’ show (imitator) with probably a little bit more broad appeal stuff. Those two shows are very similar but are both good at what they do. We need to try to find a third thing. Maybe viewers don’t know if they like it or not because it doesn’t exist right now.”
Chris Wragge, who has anchored along side Hill, returned to his previous post anchoring at WCBS in New York several months ago. His last day as co-anchor at “The Early Show” was Friday, but he says he’ll be back in the future.
Jeff Glor, Rebecca Jarvis and John Miller will also be a part of the new “CBS Morning Show” team.